Why I Prefer Identity-First Language

I’m Autistic, Not “On The Spectrum” Why I prefer identity-first language First off, I am newly-diagnosed, so I am still learning about myself and about the wider neurodivergent community. Secondly, I speak only for myself. Autistic people are not a homogenous group, there exist a variety of perspectives, opinions, and experiences amongst individuals. I doContinue reading “Why I Prefer Identity-First Language”

The “Gold Standard” for Autistic Children

So many Autistic people explain how and why ABA is abusive and harmful, yet many professionals continue to push it. I have heard this line so many times: “They told me ABA therapy was the ‘gold standard’ for Autism.” They, meaning the professionals, need to explain exactly what they mean by that, because gold standardContinue reading “The “Gold Standard” for Autistic Children”

Everyone Is Not “A Little” ADHD or Autistic

Yes, there is a spectrum, but you either are or you aren’t. There is no “a little”. Approximately 6–9% of the population has ADHD, and approximately 2-3% of the population is Autistic. That is nowhere near “everyone”. “Autistic individuals’ difficulties in smoothly participating in institutions’ social practices can lead to a stigma that lowers theirContinue reading “Everyone Is Not “A Little” ADHD or Autistic”

10 Years of Learning to Parent My Neurodivergent Kid

This was not written by me, but it was written by Kate Lynch, one of the new writers for my publication, Neurodiversified. It is one of the best pieces I’ve read in a long time and everyone should read it, especially parents of neurodivergent children, but also especially those who aren’t.  So, like, everyone. NeurodiversifiedContinue reading “10 Years of Learning to Parent My Neurodivergent Kid”

I Prefer Blunt People

…And here I thought it was just a personal preference… I prefer blunt people. I’m referring to the characteristic of being forthright, straightforward, and candid — not slang for a joint you smoke. This is sort of a personal preference, but the more I learn about myself, the more I learn these things are notContinue reading “I Prefer Blunt People”

Things That Made Me Go “Duh!”

The realizations I put together to conclude I am Autistic as well as ADHD  My son and I were each formally diagnosed with ADHD in 2019, and since then, I have been hyper-focused on learning every thing I possibly can about the subject. Over the past year I started to suspect we may both beContinue reading “Things That Made Me Go “Duh!””

Parents of Autistic & ADHD Kids Have Heard Enough

Things You Should Never Say To Parents of Autistic & ADHD Kids People really should know better by now, seriously. This article is dedicated to the parents and caregivers who hear this crap on a regular basis. I see you, you’re not alone, and you’re doing a great job. I have Celiac disease, so IContinue reading “Parents of Autistic & ADHD Kids Have Heard Enough”

My ADHD and Autism Are Not BFFs

Being both ADHD and Autistic feels like having an ongoing episode of “The Odd Couple” in my brain. Before you go looking for my age in my bio, no, I am not old enough to have seen the original “Odd Couple”. In fact, I’ve never seen any iteration of the movie or T.V. show, IContinue reading “My ADHD and Autism Are Not BFFs”

Social and Behavioural Issues in Neurotypicals

Communication issues, unusual behaviours, and compliance acquiescence disorder. According to Norm Diamond, symptoms of Compliance Acquiescent Disorder (CAD) include: “…defers to authority, actively obeys rules, fails to argue back, knuckles under instead of mobilizing others in support, and stays restrained when outrage is warranted.” -Norm Diamond If you’re a Medium member, read my article onContinue reading “Social and Behavioural Issues in Neurotypicals”